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DPP calls for continued dialogue between Taiwan, China

ROC Central News Agency

2016/09/28 20:56:35

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Wednesday urged China to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and continue the dialogue and communication between the two sides.

Cross-strait peace and stability is a responsibility of both Taiwan and China, said DPP spokesman Ruan Jhao-syong (阮昭雄), in response to a Beijing official's comments earlier in the day on cross-strait relations.

Ruan said China should value the cross-strait status quo and the fruits of 20 years of exchanges and cooperation between the two sides.

He was responding to comments by Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光), spokesman for the China's Taiwan Affairs Office, who took the DPP to task for what he said was its Taiwan independence stance and its advocacy of a policy of "one country on each side of the Taiwan Strait."

This has "destroyed the political foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, prompted cross-strait confrontation and hindered cross-strait exchanges," Ma said.

Ma said that if the DPP does not abandon its Taiwan independence stance, it will be hard to find a way out of the current stagnation of cross-strait relations. Taiwan independence, whether radical or gradual, is destined to fail, Ma added.

In response, Ruan said China should not be too political at this time but rather should be empathetic toward Taiwan, which is working to recover from a direct hit by Typhoon Megi on Tuesday.

He said the DPP, which was marking its 30 anniversary Wednesday, is rooted in Taiwan and the people of Taiwan.

Thirty years ago, the DPP was founded on the collective will of the people, and it continues to embrace the values of reform and progress, Ruan said. By Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu)

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